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'SVU' exclusive: Stephanie March is staying! - Featured

Stephanie March One down, two to go. With so much attention focused on the Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay talks, we nearly forgot about the up-in-the-air fate of another Law & Order: SVU vet: Stephanie March. I say nearly because the actress has quietly inked a new contract to continue playing ADA Alex Cabot. How lengthy is her commitment? Read on and find out... NBC declined comment, but an SVU insider says March's pact calls for her to appear in a minimum of 10 episodes next season. The show is expected to introduce one or possibly two new characters to fill the ADA void when Cabot isn't around. March, who left SVU's full-time ranks in 2004, returned for a 10-episode run last spring. Her first episode back was one of the show's most-watched of the season. Ecstatic that March is sticking around? Then proceed to the comments section, silly! Source

Random scooplets: 'SVU,' 'Greek' and 'Gilmore Girls' - Featured

Law & Order: SVU: There's still no deal in place for Mariska Hargitay and Chris Meloni to return next season, but I hear talks are "moving in the right direction." Greek : Kadeem Hardison ( A Different World ) has been cast as Ashleigh's father, Brian Howard, in a season 3 episode. Pops arrives on campus to spend Father-Daughter Weekend at the ZBZ sorority with Ash. Gilmore Girls : Nope, the show isn't returning. And I don't have an update on a possible movie. I do, however, have good news for fans of Gilmore guy Matt Czuchry. The pilot for his new CBS legal drama, The Good Wife , doesn't suck. Like, at all. (Watch a clip here .) Blind item: The coolest casting coup in recent memory was supposed to be finalized this week. Now I'm hearing it's not happening at all. The only hint I can give you is that it involves an actress we adore and a show we're obsessed with. And no, this is not a follow-up to my Summer Glau- Dollhouse story. Source

Mariska Hargitay Says "Stunt" Led to Partially Collapsed Lung

Law & Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay says she suffered the partially collapsed lung that sidelined her from the show by taking a fall during filming. "I've been doing my own stunts on the show for 10 years," Hargitay told People. "I fell wrong, basically. I collapsed my lung doing a stunt." Hargitay, 45, underwent surgery in January and returned to work on SVU shortly thereafter. She then checked back into the hospital on March 3 for discomfort related to the injury. Hargitay's rep said she underwent "routine tests," and the star reported back to the set on March 23. Despite the scary couple of months, Hargitay said she's completely healthy now. "I'm 100 percent," she said. "I'm back to my old self." Source Here

Hargitay on SVU Fate: "I Have a Lot of Faith It's Going to Work Out"

While ongoing contract negotiations continue to leave the fate of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 's two leads in question, Mariska Hargitay is optimistic. "I hope so," she told Access Hollywood, when asked if she'll be returning as the NBC cop drama's Olivia Benson. "We're all trying to work it out and I have a lot of faith it's going to work out." Hargitay's co-star, Christopher Meloni (Elliot Stabler), agreed: "It's a good vibe on the set," he said. "We all love each other. We're still happy with the stories that we're telling and you know, we'll see how it works out." In recent weeks, negotiations between the actors and the network have been described as aggressive. "The show's coming back - with or without them," Marc Graboff, co-chairman of NBC Entertainment, said during Monday's upfront presentation. Despite the uncertainty surrounding her future on SVU, at least Hargitay is again enjoying good health, after suffering pneumothorax (a collapsed lung) this winter. "I feel great," she said. "I've bounced back [after I] had a scary couple of months." Are you as optimistic as the SVU stars that they'll be back? Source Here

Tonight's TV Hot List: Tuesday, May 5, 2009

* The Biggest Loser : Couples (8 pm/ET NBC) In the last episode before next week's live finale, Tara, Helen, Mike and Ron are sent home for 30 days and must learn to keep up their new healthy lifestyles while back in their day-to-day environment. The four also learn that they'll have to complete a full marathon upon their return to the ranch. Then it's time for the last weigh-in, which determines the final two contestants as well as the two who will be competing for viewer votes to land the third spot in the finale. * Dancing with the Stars (9 pm/ET ABC) Tonight features the always popular DanceCenter segment of the show, in which veteran contestants Kenny Mayne and Jerry Rice sit with judge Len Goodman to give in-depth comedic analysis of the remaining contestants. Also, singer and musician Jamie Cullum is on hand to perform the classic "I Get a Kick Out of You." And speaking of kicks, one more contestant will get kicked off the show, putting an end to the goal of achieving his or her dancing dreams just one week shy of the semifinals. * Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (10 pm/ET NBC) A teenager has fun using the photo and text-messaging features of her cell phone, but then discovers that one of the many things her phone can do is get her arrested. That's because those pictures she took were nude photos of herself, and though she intended for them to go only to her boyfriend, they were sent to other people as well. Detectives must take her in on charges of producing and distributing child pornography, and a strict judge (Swoosie Kurtz) issues a harsh sentence. * The Real Housewives of New York City (10 pm/ET Bravo ) It was a drama panorama in Season 2: We witnessed the arrival of new wife Kelly, the passion for fashion at Fashion Week, Kelly and Bethenny's diva duel, and the dramatic doubles tennis match (without the love). Now we wave good-bye to the wives as the season concludes. Fiery feuds and catty conflicts erupt when the ladies try to work together to organize Jill's charity event. Meanwhile, LuAnn tutors Bethenny in the fine art of modeling, after which Bethenny struts her stuff on the catwalk at a Moroccan fashion show. Although this is the finale, Wives go on: A reunion edition airs next week, as does the premiere of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. * Rescue Me (10 pm/ET FX ) Tonight's episode is titled "Sheila," so expect to see a lot of Callie Thorne. First, Sheila spills her guts to French writer Genevieve Lazard. Then she acts up in a restaurant with her son, Damien, who has been talking about following in his late dad's footsteps and joining the FDNY. Meanwhile, you'll learn more about Janet's new boyfriend (Michael J. Fox); Tommy will learn why he hasn't been able to see his younger daughter, Katy, recently; and Sean will learn why his back has been hurting. Source Here

NBC Exec: SVU Will Return "With or Without" Its Two Leads - Featured

NBC has officially made it clear that Law & Order: Special Victims Unit will continue on the network with or without leads Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni. "The show is coming back; we hope they come back with it," said Marc Graboff, co-chairman of NBC Entertainment, at Monday's upfront presentations. Hargitay and Meloni are currently renegotiating their contracts with the network, and sources have characterized the discussions as aggressive. Asked if SVU would cast new leads if those contract talks stall, Graboff added only, "The show's coming back - with or without them." Is this just a shrewd negotiation strategy on NBC's part or might they actually recast? Stay tuned. Representatives for both Hargitay and Meloni did not immediately respond to TVGuide.com's requests for comment. Source Here

Tonight's TV Hot List for Tuesday, April 28, 2009

* NCIS (8 pm/ET CBS) NCIS, which is a spin-off of JAG, may spin off a series of its own. Tonight's episode (the first of a two-parter) introduces characters, played by LL Cool J and Chris O'Donnell, who are rumored to be the leads of the series that could debut in the fall. They play undercover agents for NCIS's Office of Special Projects (OSP) in Los Angeles. In the episode, the murder of a marine sends Gibbs and McGee to L.A. to work with the OSP, and the case turns into a matter of national security. * Dancing with the Stars (9 pm/ET ABC) This is when it starts getting really hard to bid adieu to another contestant, because these celebs can see the finish line within their reach. Nevertheless, another star is going home tonight, and scores from last night's team dances will play a factor in that decision. Perhaps last week's casualty, LT, will help cushion the blow and invite this week's departing contestant to join him on the golf course. Also on the show: Robin Thicke performs, and the professional-dancer competition continues with four contestants. * Rescue Me (10 pm/ET FX ) When last we saw Jimmy Keefe, he was emphatically exiting Tommy's dream life. (Flames were involved, as you might recall.) Well, he's back tonight, but not in the way dead people usually are on this show, and that leaves Tommy more than a little haunted. Meanwhile, Mike's bar finally opens, following a chat with his mom. (She's dead, too, remember.) Ladder 62 guys pitch in to help (Franco's the bouncer), but Sean can't do much heavy lifting because his back just won't get better. * Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (10 pm/ET NBC) Gail O'Grady and Hilary Duff play mother and daughter in tonight's episode. (Too bad Faye Dunaway isn't on hand to play Duff's grandmother.) In trademark "ripped from the headlines" style, O'Grady's character reports the disappearance of her toddler granddaughter, but an Amber Alert proves unsuccessful. Detectives then begin to look closely at the toddler's irresponsible young mother (Duff), who soon becomes their prime suspect. Lizzie McGuire would be shocked, indeed. * Life After People (10 pm/ET HISTORY) Though most people tend to think of plants and animals as wild, the hand of man is continually in control both for good and bad, as they are cultivated and at times brought to the point of extinction. This second episode of the series theorizes about what would happen if man no longer played a role in the natural cycle, and flora and fauna were truly wild. Source Here

Preview of Hilary Duff's Episode in 'Law and Order: SVU'

Next week on " Law & Order: Special Victims Unit ", Hilary guest stars as a young mother made a prime suspect when her young child goes missing. Gail O'Grady (" Boston Legal ") will also guest star as Duff's mom who reports on the missing of her grandchild. When Ruth Walker reported that her two year-old granddaughter, Sierra Walker, is missing, Detectives Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler investigate. After rounds of interrogation and a failed Amber Alert, Benson and Stabler believe that the prime suspect is none other than Sierra's young and irresponsible mother, Ashlee Walker. Called "Selfish", the episode airs on Tuesday, April 28. Duff filmed he scene back in March in New York City's East Village. According to Just Jared, there will be a scene where she is seen with wet T-shirt and "drunk and partying in Cabo". To Watch The Preview Click here . Source Here

Michaela McManus Is Leaving the Cast

Michaela McManus will not return to Law & Order: Special Victims Unit next season, TVGuide.com has confirmed. McManus' character, Assistant District Attorney Kim Greylek, left the SVU in a March episode to return to Washington, D.C., a development that coincided with the reappearance of ADA Alexandra Cabot (Stephanie March). But it's looking like Greylek will remain inside the Beltway. March is scheduled to appear in four more episodes this spring. The One Tree Hill alum tweeted a thank-you message to the fans on Twitter about her departure from the show. NBC did not respond to TVGuide.com's request for comment. All of which raises the questions: Will SVU have a new ADA in the fall? And will she be played by Stephanie March? Source Here

NBC renews "Law & Order: SVU"

NBC has renewed " Law & Order: Special Victims Unit ," but the two stars of the show, Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni, still have no deals to return. After lengthy talks, the network has closed a pact with Wolf Films to bring the veteran crime drama back for an 11th season. Its two lead actors, who usually negotiate their contracts together, started talks with the network only last week. After a tough back-and-forth in 2007, Emmy winner Hargitay and Meloni inked rich two-year deals that brought their paychecks to about $350,000 an episode. But the networks are trimming costs because of the recession and slipping primetime ratings, and with NBC in the forefront of the budget cuts, getting raises will be much more difficult this time around. On the other hand, it's hard to imagine "SVU" continuing without Hargitay and Meloni. Crime procedurals have showed resilience after losing a lead actor -- most recently with CBS' " CSI : Crime Scene Investigation" subbing departing William Petersen with Laurence Fishburne -- but it's more difficult for an established show to survive the loss of both its female and male stars. Source Here
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